Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has fired back at criticism his side are ‘boring’ and has backed the reigning premiers to rediscover their mojo.
After winning 17 games in a row dating back to Round 20 of last season, the Demons have lost three games in a row and have come under scrutiny for a number of off-field issue.
Despite the losing streak, however, Goodwin insisted Melbourne were not about to doubt the methods that led them to break their premiership drought last year.
Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has backed his side to rediscover their mojo
‘We’re pretty clear on the way we want to play,’ he told the Herald Sun.
‘We’ve lost three games in a row but we do know our method stacks and it has stacked up for a period of time.
‘There are things we can do within our game to change the way that looks and make sure we’re a little bit more efficient in the way we play.’
Following their 26-point loss to Collingwood on the Queen’s Birthday, former Melbourne star Jordan Lewis slammed the reigning premiers as a ‘boring’ side that were tactically too rigid to adapt.
The reigning premiers have lost three games in a row after going 17 matches unbeaten
‘Stop being boring,’ Lewis said on Fox Footy.
‘When I’ve watched Melbourne the past three weeks, I’m nearly falling asleep. It’s so predictable. They’re not challenging the opposition to defend in a different way.
‘Every side which has played against them in the past three weeks, they’ve defended the same way.’
Goodwin conceded the Demons had fallen short of their own standards in recent weeks, but refuted the ‘boring’ tag and insisted the reigning premiers will continue to stick to their guns.
The Demons will be without influential captain Max Gawn for at least five weeks
Goodwin insisted his team weren’t boring and will continue to stick to their guns
‘We need to get back to being really strong in our foundations of our game and building some cohesion within our playing group again and getting the players back into their key positions will be really important for us,’ he added.
‘But I don’t believe we’re a boring side, and I think we have certainly got growth in a lot of areas to get better at, but we play a certain way and we’ll back that in.’
Melbourne’s recent dismal run could be exacerbated by a really difficult draw, starting with crunch second-against-first clash against Brisbane on Thursday night at the MCG.
The Demons then play four of the teams – Geelong, Fremantle, Carlton and Brisbane again – currently in a finals spot in their remaining eight games. Three of those games – against Geelong, Fremantle and the Lions – are away from home.
Three Melbourne players reportedly tried to restrain Steven May during an altercation with teammate Jake Melksham at a posh restaurant earlier this month
Melbourne also face Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs, who are currently just outside the top-eight in ninth and tenth place respectively.
To compound matters, captain Max Gawn will miss at least five weeks with an ankle injury he sustained against Collingwood.
Off the field, the Demons have made headlines after Steven May and Jake Melksham were involved in a brawl at a posh Melbourne restaurant earlier this month.
Just a week later, meanwhile, former club president Glen Bartlett claimed he stood down after his attempts to get rid of a toxic culture that reportedly permeated the club were stopped.